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Rockbund Museum Shanghai RAS 01

The former Royal Asiatic Society building

Far from the maddening crowds on the Bund, the Rockbund Art Museum on Huqiu Lu (虎丘路) is a favored destination that singularly embodies the East meets West history, design and architecture of…

ZhapuLu Wooden Home 01

The simplicity in patterned wood

I’ve always liked the predictability and soothing effect of uncomplicated patterns. This was one reason why I found myself standing in front of a discreet entrance off the…

Shikumen 01

The diversity of design in shikumen headers

What makes a shikumen (石库门) header an architectural tapestry so emblematic of Shanghai? The grey stone pediment, shaped in a triangle or semi-circle, contains designs that range from the…

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Balloons on the street

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I’ve been quite tied up preparing for a private exhibit at my workplace based on my China in Central Asia work. The satisfaction of curating and planning a…

A Xinjiang Trade Fair in Tashkent

I shared earlier that I was in Uzbekistan doing some documentary work on Chinese influence in Central Asia. Some of my photography has been appearing on the project…

Xinjiang businessman in Tashkent

What I am reading this week

Greetings from Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan! I’m here helping to document a few things as part of the China in Central Asia project headed up by my colleagues…

Huaihai Lu Lilong

What I am reading this week

It’s Labor Day holiday weekend here in China and we get Monday and Tuesday off. In Europe and Latin America, we often see organized street demonstrations and marches by labour…

Girl on playground Orange jacket

What I am reading this week

There are moments when I feel like a hamster on wheels, moving through the motions of work, travel and welcoming Shanghai visitors, and having the cycle on rinse…

2nd surprise on Huaihai Lu

What I am reading this week

Apologies for the prolong absence. I’ve been away from Shanghai 3 weekends in a row, friends visited and work proved to be a little hectic. On the bright…

Nanchang Lu Chengguan

What I am reading this week

-  I want to thank Paul French, who has been vigorously travelling to promote his historical mystery thriller book “Midnight in Peiking“, for giving Shanghai Street Stories a plug…